Smartypants Exclusive Childcare



All our staff hold formal qualifications in childcare, ranging from level 3-6, Foundation Degree, BA Honours, Early Years Teacher Status, all who carry a high level of experience working with children and have grown with Smartypants over the years.


We take the recruitment of staff seriously, having a robust recruiting procedure in place ensuring all staff are DBS checked and qualifications are up to date and relevant.


We ensure excellent ratios, working in small keyworker groups. This we believe is the only way to achieve the best quality care education and individual child development.


We have a low turnover of staff, and a long established management team who inspire with their leadership to create positive attitudes and close teamwork.

First Aid

All current staff are qualified first aiders as we strongly believe the care of our children is of the upmost importance.


We also employ a qualified cook who follows DFE guidelines to provide healthy balanced meals and snacks which are all freshly cooked. All our children’s allergies and dietary requirements are catered for.

Staff Training

One member of staff in our setting is trained in Makaton and has shared her knowledge with other members of staff who have introduced it into their routines. All staff are offered SEND training when it becomes available with the Local Authority.

The Deputy Manager is qualified to Level 6, along with two other members of staff. All other staff members are qualified to Level 3 or above. Two other members of staff are currently studying towards a Level 5 qualification which they are expected to complete soon.

Training undertaken by staff members is then cascaded to other staff members in the form of staff meetings. Specific training would be accessed if it would be beneficial to the needs of a child.

OFSTED says:

“Management effectively leads highly reflective and well qualified staff, who are dedicated to continual improvement”.

Staffing Structure

Managing Director

Colette Gent
Mark Gent

Senior Nursery Manager

Semara Iqbal

Nursery Manager

Anita Hall

Business Support Officer

Farida Meneisy

Senior Practitioners

Sarah Byrne
Zoe Hargreaves
Nicola Walls
Saddia Iqbal

Forest School/Outdoors Leader

Stephen Ryder

Child Practitioners

Aisha Shahid
Donna Ali
Fiona Welsh
Farah Naz
Gemma Airey
Joanna Greaves
Martha Walker


Sarah Reid

Kitchen Assistant

Donna Rogers


Camille Smith

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